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Die Wise: Making Meaning of the Ending of Days with Stephen Jenkinson

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Die Wise: Making Meaning of the Ending of Days with Stephen Jenkinson

After two decades working in palliative care, Stephen Jenkinson came to an astonishing conclusion: as a culture and a species, we are utterly unprepared to embrace death and the grief that comes with it. We avoid confronting it at all costs. In his new book, Die Wise, he shares dozens of detailed and intimate stories from his experiences working with the dying and their families, illustrating both the pitfalls of denial and the bounty that can come when we face the end of life openly. Dying well, he believes, is a moral, political, and spiritual obligation each person owes their ancestors and their heirs. Stephen believes that learning to love death is one of the most direct ways to love life.

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Stephen_Jenkinson_632572589.jpgStephen Jenkinson is the creator and principal instructor of the Orphan Wisdom School. With Master's degrees from Harvard University (Theology) and the University of Toronto (Social Work), he is revolutionizing grief and dying in North America.

Stephen has served as program director in a major Canadian hospital, assistant professor in a prominent Canadian medical school, consultant to palliative care and hospice organizations and educator and advocate in the helping professions. He is also a sculptor and traditional canoe builder, whose house won a Governor General's Award for architecture.

He is the author of Die Wise: A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul, Homecoming: The Haiku Sessions - a live recorded teaching, How it All Could Be: A work book for dying people and those who love them, Angel and Executioner: Grief and the Love of Life - a live recorded teaching, and Money and The Soul's Desires: A Meditation. He was a contributing author to Palliative Care - Core Skills and Clinical Competencies.

Stephen Jenkinson is also the subject of the feature length documentary film Griefwalker (2008), a lyrical, poetic portrait of his work with dying people.

Stephen lives a handmade off-the-grid life on a farm beside the River of Abundance and Time in the Ottawa Valley in Ontario, Canada. Find out more at



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Karen Hager helps people lift the fog of confusion and regain clarity about their life purpose. She connects with Source to provide compassionate, no-nonsense intuitive advice for people in transition. Reading from the energy of the human voice, Karen quickly gets to the root of your question and helps you see the possibilities for transformation.

Passionate about helping others connect with their natural intuitive abilities, Karen leads intuitive development classes and works with selected healers and teachers to empower people to listen to their own inner guidance. She’s the host of the popular weekly radio show Out of the Fog on Empower Radio.

These are times of great transformation, and many people are struggling with fear of change. Karen encourages listeners to shift their perspectives from fear to love so that they may receive the gifts of living through these unusual times.

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